Joe Thomas Rupert, beloved husband for 48 years and best friend of of Jerrilyn S. Rupert died on Friday November 19 surrounded by his loving family at Kings Daughters Hospital.
He was born Oct. 14, 1945.
He was a true blue blooded Kentuckian attending Ashland Schools graduating from Blazer in 1963 and the University of Kentucky in 1968 and he bled Blue as he watch KY Football for 60 years never giving up hope and loved watching Ky. Basketball. He will always be remembered for his joys in life-devoted to hiking, biking, running, and amusing friends by telling funny stories and jokes. His drive and determination led him to finish two half marathons, Marshall and Disney and he hiked with friends in the Grand Canyon rim to rim and Glacier National Park.
After graduating from University of Kentucky he entered the family insurance business- Rupert-Hager-Crowell, then worked as a broker for Merrell Lynch, started his own agency KY Rupert Insurance where he worked with his son Tommy. He retired in 2010, but continued as chairmen of the Board of Town Square (Home Federal). Tom was on the board for 20 years. His winter retirement years were spent in the beautiful city of Venice, joining Venice Presbyterian Church in Florida, a place he truly Loved. Golf has been his passion through the years. He in collaboration with Tom Cooksey Co-founded the longest running AJGA Junior Tournament in the United States here in Ashland at Bellefonte Country Club.
He loved Ashland and its people and was very involved in the community: Ashland Noon Kiwanis 45 years, President, Bellefonte CC Board, Business Club, Ashland Alliance, Ace Bicycle Club, Summer Motion Committee, Co-chaired Park to Park Bicycle ride and he worked on local projects such as clearing the Betty Russell Trail. Tom was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Willena Rupert.
He leaves behind the beautiful family he was devoted to Daughter; Kristey Ray (Lee) Springhill, TN one son Tommy (Leslie) Rupert of Ashland, KY grandchildren; Bailee,Chad and Hollie. Brother George Gunnell Rupert, Lexington, KY fiancé Theresa Kremer.
A memorial service was held Friday, November 21, 2014 at Calvary Episcopal Church, Ashland, KY.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Foundation for the Tri-State Community for the Robert Yancey Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2096, Ashland, KY 41105-2096
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.carmanfuneral.com
Robert Francis Howell (Bob) died peacefully at his home in Thomasville, GA, Wednesday morning November 12, 2014.
Born January 10, 1932 in Russell, KY, Bob was the ninth of 10 children born to John and Etta Howell (deceased).
Bob was preceded in death by four brothers; John Edward, James Joseph, William Frederick and Henry Herschel; four sisters; Verona Bridgett, Edith Louise, Mary Josephine and Rita Kathryn; one brother Jack and wife Janie survives.
Also surviving is Anna Nolan Howell (Ann). Mr. Howell’s wife of 62 years, two daughters; Cherie and son-in-law Myron Laster of Acworth, GA and Robin Petrick, Tallahassee, FL; five grandsons Zachary Howell Laster and Nicholas Nolan Laster of Acworth, GA; and Kyle Robert, Erik Joseph and Alex Christopher Petrick, all of Tallahassee, FL and a great granddaughter Noelle Kylie Swier and her mother, Emily Swier, Tallahassee, FL.
Bob was a veteran in the U.S. Navy, serving as a hospital Corpsman after attending Ashland Jr. College. After that, he started a 45 year career in Life Insurance with National Life and Accident Insurance in Dayton, Ohio. He also helped to start an insurance company for United Companies Life Insurance Company, Baton Rouge, LA. He was promoted as President of their subsidiary in Columbus, Ohio, and then expanded other companies – Lone Star Life, Dallas, TX, and American Sun Life Insurance Company, Tampa, FL and National Foundation Life Insurance Company, Oklahoma City, OK. He concluded his insurance career at Atlantic American Life and Bankers Fidelity Life, Marietta, GA, as vice president.
For over 30 years, Bob and Ann partnered together in planning and hosting group trips for members of churches in Marietta and Thomasville, GA, traveling throughout the United States and Canada.
Mr. Howell was a member of the Thomasville Camp of Gideon’s International, and loved to share the word with everyone he met. He wanted everyone to know the Lord.
During the last several years, made a personal Commitment to give medical testaments to health care workers in doctor’s offices and during his inpatient hospital visits. Bob took great pride in his family and his many friends, and endeared himself to a host of local Thomasville friends.
A graveside service was held Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, Kentucky with Pastor Mark Wilson officiating.
Military Rites were performed by the Greenbo Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Online condolences can be expressed at baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Irene McKenzie, 85, of Greenup, KY passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in Kings Brook Life Care Center.
Ruth was born on September 6, 1929 in Raceland, KY to the late Zella and Matthew Fannin Caudill.
Mrs. McKenzie worked for Kilgore Furniture as a book keeper for many years where she retired in 1990. Ruth enjoyed hobbies such as cooking, sewing, attending the children’s sporting events, an avid UK basketball and Reds baseball fan, antiques, cross word puzzles, and a longtime member of Faith Christian Assembly Church, but most of all spending time with her family and friends.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years Patterson E. McKenzie who passed away in 2000, and one brother Matthew Caudill in 1981.
Left behind to cherish her memory is her loving daughter; Patricia (Debbie) Scott-McKenzie of Greenup, KY, two sons; Steve (Sarah) McKenzie of Wilmington, NC and Paul (Teresa) McKenzie of Ashland, KY, six grandchildren; Hannah McKenzie of Ashville, NC, Ian McKenzie of Lexington, KY, Maya McKenzie of Ashland ,KY, Connor McKenzie of Ashland, KY, Chris and Austin Jordan both of Flatwoods, KY and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins friends and family that will miss her dearly.
The family would like to thank the staff at Kingsbrook Lifecare Center-Bridge Way Unit.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Kingsbrook Lifecare Center in honor of Ruth McKenzie.
The family has requested a private service in honor of their mother. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.carmanfuneral.com
Dollie Fay Dart-Iddings, 79 of Flatwoods passed away at her residence on Friday, November 21, 2014 and she is now at rest in the presence of her Lord and Savior.
She was born on February 14, 1935 in Ward, WV to the late John and Edith Heideman-Dart.
Dollie was a homemaker and a longtime active member of the Centenary United Methodist Church in Ashland where she took part in various church groups.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Donald R. Iddings in 2003; as well 2 brothers and 2 sisters.
Left behind to cherish her memory is a devoted and loving family including two daughters Charlotte and Don Martell of Hot Spring Village, Arkansas and Peggy Coburn of Jacksonville, Florida; one son Steven and Nancy Iddings of Flatwoods, KY; three sisters Alice Johnson of Ravenswood, WV, Thelma Young of Dunbar, WV and Joann Brooks of Culloden, WV; two brothers Charles Dart of Bristolville, Ohio and Robert Dart of Johns Island, SC; five grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren as well as many friends and church family all of whom will miss her dearly.
Funeral Services will be held at Carman Funeral Home in Flatwoods on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11:00 am with Pastor David Herndon delivering words of comfort and reassurance to those in attendance, burial will follow at Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.
Online condolences maybe left for the family at www.carmanfuneral.com
Wanda Jean Willis McKenzie, 72, of Flatwoods, KY, passed away at her home on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. McKenzie was born on August 10, 1942 in Ironton, OH, a daughter of the late Hattie May “Big Mom” DePriest Nelson. She was also preceded in death by a son, Steve Brown, a brother, Gerald Nelson, and a grandson, Chad Brown.
She was owner and operator of Miss Kitty’s Auger Inn in Ironton, OH. She was the head cook and creator of the infamous “Wanda Burger.”
She leaves behind to mourn her passing, her loving husband, Larry McKenzie; two sons: Garland Brown of Greenup, KY and Tim Brown of South Point, OH; a daughter, Debbi Brown of Carleton, MI; a step daughter, Sonia (Rob) Moyer of Naples, FL; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren; a brother, Harold Willis of Greensboro, NC; a sister, Janet (Tracy) Brown of Greenup, KY; and a host of extended family and friends.
The funeral service was held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY with Bro. Danny Brown officiating.
Burial followed in Bellefonte Memorial Gardens in Flatwoods, KY.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice Care Center, 2330 Pollard Road, Ashland, KY 41101.
For online condolences and webcasting of the funeral, visit baileyfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Bonnie Jane Anderson Rister, age 75, of Quincy, Kentucky, passed away Friday morning, November 21, 2014, at her residence.
She was born July 12, 1939, in Oak Harbor, Ohio, a daughter of the late Erin and Irsel Scoville Anderson.
Bonnie was a member of Holy Redeemer in Vanceburg, Kentucky, and a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling, shopping, caring for others, and spending time with her family and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Richard Rister; two children, Debora Shepherd and Richard Allen Rister; two brothers, Theron Anderson and Harold Anderson; and one sister, Janice Crawfoot.
Bonnie is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joseph Ray and Peggy Rister of Quincy, Kentucky; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Donna Cassidy of Quincy, Kentucky, Irsel and Greg Hall of Garrison, Kentucky, and Mitza and Richard Bowling of Vanceburg, Kentucky; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; one brother, Loran Anderson of Oregon, Ohio; and her special pet dog, Roxy. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Globe Family Funeral Chapel in Garrison, Kentucky, with Father Dave Glockner officiating. Burial will follow in the Crystal Dawn Cemetery in Garrison, Kentucky.
Friends may visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Globe Family Funeral Chapel, 103 Dudley Avenue, Garrison, Kentucky 41141.
Ryan Hilger, Derreck Thomas, Joshua Hall, Greg Hall, Mike Thomas, Brian Spencer, Andrew Hoag, and Phillip Hall will serve as pallbearers.
D. H. “Don” Nickles, 63, of Raceland, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, following an extended illness.
Mr. Nickles was born Nov. 21, 1951, in Ashland, a son of the late Delza Nickles Sr. and Margie Hamilton Nickles Stewart.
He was also preceded in death by his brother, Delza “June” Nickles Jr.
He was a graduate of Fairview High School and attended Ashland Community and Technical College in the welding and carpentry program. He was a retired maintenance mechanic with Kentucky Power in Louisa. He was a U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve veteran and served on board the USS Bronson during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of the Raceland First Baptist Church and attended the Greenup First Baptist Church and was a member of the Northeastern Fish and Game Association and the KYOVA Archery Club. Don loved spending time outdoors fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Shirley Bellew Nickles; a son, Zachary Lee Nickles of Raceland; and a brother, Ronald Nickles of Louisa.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North East in Greenup County, by Dr. Tom Melvin. Military rites will be performed by Greenbo Detachment of the Marine Corps League Post 1345.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Hospice, 1480 Carter Ave., Ashland, KY 41101.
Reed Funeral Home in Greenup is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be made at reedfuneralhome.us.
Gloria Danese Nichols, 77, of Greenup, Kentucky went to be with the Lord on Friday November 21, 2014 at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell, Kentucky.
Mrs. Nichols was born January 1, 1937 in Westwood, Kentucky a son of the late Roy E. and Esta Johnson Unrue.
She was Co-owner of the former Nichols Carpet for 49 years.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by
Her husband Charles E. Nichols, One daughter Beverly Dawne Nichols, One brother Gary Unrue, and One sister Bonnie Nichols.
She is survived by 6 sons Mark (Sheila) Nichols Grayson, KY, Terry Nichols Greenup, KY, Kevin (Lisa) Nichols Greenup, KY, Keith (LaDonna) Nichols Greenup, KY, Victor (Vicki) Nichols Greenup, KY, and Tracy (Heather) Nichols Greenup, KY. One sister Charlotte Lavetta Ball Ironton, OH. 18 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren
Funeral services were held Monday November 24, 2014 at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup by Rev. James Harris.
Burial was in Nichols Cemetery, in Greenup, KY.
Condolences may be made at reedfuneralhome.us
David Wilson Large, 50, of Wurtland, Kentucky passed away Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at his home.
Mr. Large was born October 4, 1964 in Russell, Kentucky a son of Woodrow and Florence Woodrow Large of Wurtland, Kentucky.
He was a mechanic for the city of Worthington, Kentucky.
In addition to his parents he is survived by His wife of 19 years Melinda Bailey Large, a son Chazz Large Wurtland, KY; a daughter Makayla Large at home; and a granddaughter Raelyn Large.
There was a memorial service Friday, November 21, 2014 at Reed Funeral Home in Greenup by Pastor Jack McCleese.
Condolences may be made www.reedfuneralhome.us
Linda Kay Bolt Stidham, 70, of Raceland, formerly of Catlettsburg, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, at her home.
Ms. Stidham was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Kenova, W.Va., a daughter of the late William “Spud” and Beulah Wechsler Bolt.
She was also preceded in death a brother, James Bolt, and a sister, Joyce Lakin.
Linda had previously worked as a cake decorator for Craycraft’s Foodland and Pennington’s Super Value. She enjoyed baking and cooking and was a member of Hyland Heights Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children, Donnie Stidham (Sherry) of Ironton, Ohio, Ronnie Stidham (Brenda) of Catlettsburg, Christy Stidham of Ironton, Anthony Stidham (Misty) of Ironton, Frank Stidham (Susan) of Claremont, N.C., and Dale Stidham of Yoncala, Ore.; 15 grandchildren; two brothers, Donald Bolt (Ellen) of Catlettsburg and Mike Bolt (Wanda) of Cannonsburg; and three sisters, Alice Lewallen of Ashland, Billie Kane of Black Mountain, N.C., and Betty Jean Neal of Hanging Rock, Ohio.
A memorial service for Ms. Stidham was held Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, at Hyland Heights Baptist Church by Pastor Rodney Hale.
Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home in Catlettsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to kilgorecollierfuneralhome.com.
Ruth Elizabeth Palmer 83, of Greenup KY went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Hospice Care Center in Ashland KY.
She was born in Load KY on September 5, 1931 a daughter of the late Ernest & Hattie Salsbury Potter.
She was preceded in death along with her parents by her husband James Marshall Palmer and a son James Robert Palmer.
She is survived by a son Scott Dewayne Palmer and his wife Martha of Flatwoods; three daughters, Brenda Settles of Catlettsburg, Debra Baca of Troy OH and Marsha Palmer of Troy OH; a daughter in law, Dee Palmer of Greenup; two sisters, Ida Johnson of Oldtown and Frances Miller of Troy OH; 9 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at the Quillen Cemetery in Lynn KY by Brother Bobby Carpenter.
Visitation will be from 10:00 AM till 12:30 PM Tuesday at Wright’s Funeral Home in Greenup KY.
Online condolences may be made at www.wrightsfuneralhome.com.
Marion Griffith, 88, of Greenup, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Nov. 19, 2014, in Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Russell.
Mr. Griffith was born Dec. 7, 1925, in Greenup, a son of the late Henry and Amanda Conley Griffith.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Lee Griffith; five brothers, Dennis Griffith, Ennis Griffith, Ray Griffith, Ralph Griffith and Clarence Griffith; and a sister, Betty Jean Miller.
He attended Greenup United Methodist Church for many years and was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He retired as a machinist from Ashland Oil. He was lovingly referred to as Papaw.
He is survived by two sons, Chris (Donetta) Griffith of Greenup and Marty (Kim) Griffith of Greenup; a daughter, Judy (Roger) McKenzie of Elizabethtown; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Ennis Ray “Butch” Griffith.
A graveside service was conducted Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, by Pastor Patricia Hoeksema at Plum Grove Cemetery in Greenup, with military rites by Greenbo Detachment of the Marine Corps League Post 1345.
Reed Funeral Home in Greenup is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to reedfuneralhome.us